It's estimated that American households throw away more than 25% of the food purchased every year. That costs us about $125 billion annually. Knowing what expiration dates mean can help you avoid throwing good food away.
- Use by, Best by. Date used by manufacturers for best quality. Generally, you can use beyond this date.
- Sell by. A guide for stores to display and rotate items.
- Expires on. Mostly on baby food and formula, always use before expiration date.
- Packing codes. Used for tracking, not an indicator of food safety or quality.
Learn more about food product dating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wasted food means wasted resources
Here in Minnesota, the average household in St. Paul wastes almost $100 worth of food every month. This is bad for our wallets — and for the environment.
Tools and tips to help you reduce food waste, including food storage tips for a wide variety of foods and practical meal planning information specifically designed to counteract food waste — saving you time and money. (Eureka Recycling)